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June 2013Vol. 14, No. 5Trauma-Informed Practice Toolkits

Produced by the Chadwick Trauma-Informed System Project (CTISP), the Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice Toolkit provides an array of resources to support the development of a trauma-informed child welfare system. The following four documents are included:

  • Creating Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Systems: A Guide for Administrators: This publication explains the essential elements of trauma and includes a chapter on the use of psychotropic medications.
  • Desk Guide on Trauma-Informed Mental Health for Child Welfare: This publication assists child welfare workers in understanding mental health services available for children and families in the child welfare system.
  • Desk Guide on Trauma-Informed Child Welfare for Child Mental Health Practitioners: This publication assists mental health professionals in understanding the child welfare system.
  • Guidelines for Applying a Trauma Lens to a Child Welfare Practice Model: This publication provides strategies for child welfare agencies to develop more trauma-informed practices.

The CTISP is a project of the Chadwick Center for Children and Families in partnership with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. This toolkit is available for free from CTISP; however, registration is required:

A toolkit to help children's attorneys, guardians ad litem, judges, and CASAs develop a more trauma-informed justice system is available from the Safe Start Center. The resources provide guidance for promoting trauma-informed advocacy in the courts, including the following:

  • Checklist and Resource Guide on Identifying Polyvictimization and Trauma Among Court-Involved Children and Youth
  • Tips for Staff and Advocates Working With Children Polyvictimization
  • Victimization and Trauma Experienced by Children and Youth: Implications for Legal Advocates
  • Tips for Staff and Advocates Working With Children
  • Tips for Child Welfare Staff

The toolkit was developed in partnership with the American Bar Association (ABA) Center on Children and the Law, Child and Family Policy Associates, and the Chadwick Center for Children and Families, and is available from the Safe Start Center website: